Loving kindness Fulfilled

“Comfort those who mourn.

Compassion on the ill.

Mercy according to Your Loving kindness,

Until Your plans fulfilled.”

“He indeed was forordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1Peter1:20 NKJV

Poem by dbalogc2020

Photo captured looking towards Mount Nebo while traveling in Israel 2018.c dbalog

– Hanukkah – Day Six – It Was Winter

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22 & 23 NKJV

According to history, the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah – is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus was in December 165 B.C.  (The Message, pg 2113)

It was winterthis verse warms my heart in a personal way. Knowing Jesus, Himself the Light of the World, walked the cold stone pavement of Solomon’s porch in Jerusalem. To think, He left His place of glory to walk the earth as we do. Season after season, warm breezes of summer, cold blowing chilled winds, …it was winter.

Lighting the sixth candle and the number six reflecting man’s work, brings my thoughts to Jesus Himself. God in the flesh Who “dwelt among us…”John 1:14 NKJV  Jesus felt the cold as we do. His body had to work to keep warm.

It was winter … Clothed in my western mind set and everything warm packed from my suitcase, (never thinking the Middle East could get this cold)  I walked the streets of Jerusalem thinking of the One Who “dwelt among us” and continues to work and walk this path with me in Day Six of Hanukkah.

 

Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Poem by denisebalog©2019

Photo captured in Jerusalem in the winter January 2018

 

Hanukkah – The Center of Grace

“And the light shines in the in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5 NKJV

Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.

Admittedly, not knowing the order or the traditional way to light the Hanukkah candles, I watched a YouTube video learning the center candle is lit first and is used to light the remaining candles each night. The direction to light the candles is from right to left. This is the same way one reads Hebrew. Right to Left.

What I thought was the fifth candle on Hanukkah candlestick is in truth the center candle. The center candle holds the position of Light and Honor.

-The Light shines in darkness and illuminates the night.

Grace and Truth is in the Center and in Him all fear takes flight. –

 

Poem by denisebalog©2019

Hanukkah – Day Four – No Shadow of Turning

“Reflections of the fourth candle illuminate the night. Revelation of Your Beauty completeness in Your sight.”

The seven candlesticks or lampstand found in Exodus 25:32 is the shadow or concealed beauty of Jesus in His completeness in the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting which Moses was instructed to build in the wilderness. (The Menorah) The seven candles represent completion as the number seven in Scripture can represent completion.

In contrast the nine candles of Hanukkah lampstand can illuminate or be a shadow of the Holy Spirit by the nine gifts and fruits of the Spirit.

Each lampstand is different but both reflect the Presence, the Gift and the Fruit of the Father. For in Him there is no shadow of turning only Love and Light.

May you be blessed lighting the fourth candle and enjoy His Love and Light all year long.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Light, with whom there is no shadow of variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 NKJV

Poem by denisebalogc2019

Hanukkah – Day Three – The Fruit

“Blossoms may tarry as we wait upon the Vine,

But the fruits of His Spirit bring forth His Beauty Divine.”

 

Symbolic of the nine candles…Day Three reminds of me of nine fruits in Galatians 5:22

“But the fruit of the Spirit is

Love,

Joy,

Peace,

Patience,

Kindness,

Goodness,

Faithfulness,

Gentleness and

Self-Control

Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22

 

When I’ve been hateful and lack all joy and peace, His gentleness loves me.

When patience runs thin and kindness far gone, He is faithful and is good to me.

When I’ve lost all self-control and go off on my own, His mercy leads me to His Grace.

Against such there is no law…only the fruits of His Beauty and Grace.

 

Poem by denisbalog@2019

 

Hanukkah – Day Two – The Gift of Nine

Why the nine candles? Each candle represents a miracle of God. When the Temple was reclaimed there was only enough oil to light the candlesticks on (the Menorah) for one day. Through God’s gracious hand the oil last nine days.

My heart delights to see the oil of the nine found in Nine Gifts of the Spirit the Apostle Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 12:10 & 11 NKJV

“Now concerning spiritual gifts.. the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.

The word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge… to another faith… to another gifts of healings…to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He Will’s.”

May the nine lights of Hanukkah cause us to remember the miracle of oil in the nine gifts of the Spirit residing in each as He wills in the second light of Hanukkah this day.

Hanukkah – Day One – Shine the Light!

Today begins the lighting of the first of nine candles celebrating Hanukkah.

Thinking on how this applies to my life as a Christian it occured to me the miracle of the light that shines in me because of the Holy Spirit (the oil) I can partake of Hanukkah in the spiritual by sharing the Light.

A word of encouragement to a co-worker who has lost hope in their situation. A prayer with a friend fighting a battle of sickness. A kind word of caring to a neighbor who is experiencing their first Christmas after the loss of a spouse or a child.

Surely in prayer and asking, the Father will light a new candle every day and cause His light to shine in darkness.

Celebrating and lighting the first candle of Hanukkah – Day One.

“Let your light so shine…and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV

The Bridegroom’s Chamber

“Waiting on daylight, morning’s break of day. Calling all creation, Rejoice! Praise His Holy Name!

Heavens declare Your beauty, the Tabernacle of the Son. Come Oh Holy Spirit, let Your will on Earth be done.”

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork…In them He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.” Psalm 19:1 & 4 NJKV

Poem and photo by denisebalogc2019

Yet Unseen

There’s a significant difference between the place of in the middle and of caught in between.

One is the season of hope and waiting and the other of seeking the answer to the question yet unseen.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV

But the just shall live by his faith,” Habakkuk 2:4 NKJV

Come Thristy

Bought water today for upcoming road trip to a women’s conference.

Thought about how often it feels like we go from waist deep in the Word, to the feeling of barefooted, walking through a dry creek bed. Anyone?

Went looking for “thirst” in Hebrew.

#6770, tsame’. The letter pictures speak this to me. (Gosh, I love Hebrew)

On my knees, hands lifted in prayer and praise, “thirsty” for the First love of my life, Jesus.

Tsadik, Mem, Alef. (Reading the letters pictured right to left)

I wonder if the Lord allows us to get a bit “dry” to prepare our empty vessel for an overflowing drink of water.

Can’t wait Lord, fill me up!!

“Ho! Everyone who thirst,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.”
Isaiah 55:1 NKJV

Thirsty – tsame’ – Tsadik, Mem, Alef

PS: Hebrew letter picture chart can be found on the menu bar. I am posting freeflow from my phone and was not able to insert individually.

Blessings,

Denise

Thankfulness Said

“Today’s not the day

To think what’s ahead.

Embrace the past,

With thankfulness said.

Faithful,

Hope and

Presence so dear;

Covering us with love

Each day of the year.

Thank You Jesus

For the well-being of heart.

Let it be the song

We sing as the

New Year starts.”

 

“Praise the LORD,

Call upon His Name;

Declare His deeds among the peoples,

Make mention that His Name

Is exalted.

Sing to the LORD,

For He has done excellent things.”

Isaiah 12:4-5 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Image by RonBalog©2017